Professor Wendy Smooth Appointed as Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

WGSS Professor Dr. Wendy SmoothDr. Wendy Smooth, Associate Professor in WGSS, has recently accepted the position of Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion! Her new role involves coordinating, promoting, and advising on diversity and and inclusion initiatives across the College of Arts and Sciences. Working alongside college leadership, administrative staff, and academic departments and schools, she will represent the Arts and Sciences at university-wide meetings related to diversity and inclusion.

During the three-year appointment, Dr. Smooth will maintain her position in the WGSS department and will teach the class Black Women: Representations, Politics, and Power (WGSST 4402) this autumn.

Congratulations Dr. Smooth!

Professor Suchland Writes Sex Trafficking Essay on The Feminist Wire

suchlandProfessor Jennifer Suchland’s essay, “The Missing “P” in U.S. Anti-Trafficking Law” was recently featured on The Feminist Wire. Suchland’s essay reveals how current reponses to sex trafficking concentrates efforts on carceral solutions, rather than on preventative measures which would more adequately address sex-trafficking issues and the lives they affect at the root.

Professor Suchland’s book, Economies of Violence: Transnational Feminism, Postsocialism, and the Politics of Sex Trafficking (Duke University Press, 2015) presents a genealogy of global human trafficking discourse in and through the end of the Cold War.

Professor Katherine Marino Wins 2015 Judith Lee Ridge Prize

marinoProfessor Katherine Marino received the 2015 Judith Lee Ridge Prize at the Western Association of Women Historians conference (May 14-16 in Sacrmento, California) for her article  “Marta Vergara, Popular Front Pan-American Feminism, and the Transnational Struggle for Working Women’s Rights in the 1930s” published in Gender & History. The Judith Lee Ridge Prize is an annual award for the best article in the field of history published by a WAWH member.

40th Anniversary Celebration

On May 1st, 2015, the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies celebrated the 40th year of Feminist Studies on OSU campus. Alumni, donors, faculty, graduate students, staff and undergraduate award winning students celebrated together at the Longaberger Alumni House. Past Chairs Susan Hartmann, Sally Kitch, Valerie Lee and Linda Mizejewski all spoke on their experiences and the milestones that everyone worked together to achieve so that the department as we know it today could exist. In addition, a multimedia video featuring words from Lisa Lopez, the first graduate with a Women’s Studies degree was created and shown to commemorate the evening.

 

Professor Latorre Presents Her Research on Graffiti and Muralism at The University of Chile

guiselaThe University of Chile, the flagship institution of higher education in the country, invited Professor Guisela Latorre to present her research on Chilean graffiti and muralism taking place on March 23, 2015. Titled “Museos a Cielo Abierto en Santiago: Murales, Graffiti y Democratización Urbana,” this distinguished lecture addressed the ways current street art in Chile is making city streets into more egalitarian spaces for historically marginalized communities. In attendance were students and faculty of the University of Chile as well as local mural and graffiti artists.

The lecture can be viewed in its entirety here.